Last months editorial commented on the likelihood that Barack H. Obama would become president of the United States. That likelihood has become certitude. Hell be sworn in on January 20, 2009a little over a month from now. That fact has affected the gun market in a way Ive seen only once beforethe day after 9-11. We are seeing what I can only describe as panic buying for civilian self-defense rifles, in particular, semiautomatic AR-15s, AK-47s, SKSes, FALs, and so on. Kevin Winkle, owner of Winkles Great Guns and one of Gun Tests federal firearms license dealers, wrote me to say, 'I called the nations largest gun distributor today, and they were completely sold out of every brand of AR-15 and AK-47 style rifles, magazines and ammunition. They did not know when more would arrive or what the price would be.